It's been a crazy month for fight cancellations in the UFC. Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2? Gone. Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson? Nixed. Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida 2? USADA'd. Now we've lost Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2, but it's not because of injury or drug testing. According to Dana White, McGregor didn't want to fulfill his press conference obligations this week, so they took him off the UFC 200 main event. This follows a tweet from McGregor indicating that he was going to "retire young."
Let's take a look at how UFC fighters have reacted to the news in today's special Twitter roundup. It's a mixture of thoughts on McGregor, requests to fight Nate Diaz on short notice, and one use of the Crying Jordan meme.
Shit. Just. Got. Real... https://t.co/Az0dQWCPb3— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) April 20, 2016
I'll fight Nate! Let me get that!!— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 20, 2016
If they will make it the new main event I'll fight an actual rabid animal at UFC200. I want 1/10 of whatever Conor did.— Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) April 20, 2016
Everyone on my newsfeed like... Hahahaha pic.twitter.com/IPuwRxHwqq— Jerome-Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) April 20, 2016
You can't have nothing nice anymore. April fool has been brutal! https://t.co/uyWl03Hvs2— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) April 20, 2016
Dear Dana,— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) April 20, 2016
I'm pretty open July 9th. Have this thing June 18th in Canada. But after that I'm Game the Fuck ON!!!
I remember it like it was yesterday when Conor, Rousey and Sage could do no wrong. My oh my how things have changed. WOW— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) April 20, 2016
So it seems the McGregor retirement rumor is true. My thoughts? It's about the ca$h. Goes to UFC wanting more money & they said no. #UFC200— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) April 20, 2016
Something smells fishy https://t.co/In6MNiyHZr— Chris Kelades (@keladesmma) April 20, 2016
Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) April 20, 2016
Neil Magny (@NeilMagny) April 20, 2016
Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) April 20, 2016
Does McGregor still get to keep this belt? Dude needs to be stripped asap imo. Pulling stunts to protect brand. Scared to lose again.— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) April 20, 2016
Chad Laprise (@ChadLaprise) April 20, 2016
If Conor is really out I'm sure me and Lawler could put on an epic war for you guys... Jus sayin— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) April 20, 2016
I'm just here laughing because everyone thinks they "Got the answers Sway!"— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) April 20, 2016
There is ALWAYS more to stories. I just wanna watch CMac fight.
UPDATE: He's not a UFC fighter, but Cody McKenzie used to be one.
Hey @TheNotoriousMMA you want to set up a bareknuckle boxing fight now that you are retired from UFC??? Let me know— Cody McKenzie (@thecodymckenzie) April 20, 2016